Christmas Gift Guide | Thoughtful & Practical Gifts

Thoughtful Christmas Presents
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We often get sucked into marketing deals and buy gifts without thinking much if they will be practical and useful or not. This Christmas, show how much you care, just how considerate and thoughtful you are with gifts for him and presents for her. This post will hopefully give you some gifting inspiration.

Corkcicle Canteen Flask is one of the gifts I love to receive every year. I have these in white and copper. These flasks are very useful for when you’re on the go. Everyone likes to drink warm water in my family and since the weather in this country is mostly cold throughout the year, sipping warm water really helps. Not just for staying warm but this also helps with digestion and weight loss, And when I want to take cold drinks like cold coffee or cold water, these flasks are superb for that too. This amazing reusable 16oz Corkcicle canteen bottle is triple-insulated which means it keeps your juice, smoothies, water, wine, cocktails, and beer seriously cold for 25 hours. Oh, and in case you were wondering… Yes, it can keep your tea and coffee piping hot for 12 hours. If I like these so much, I bet this would make a lovely gift too!

Corkcicle Canteen Flask & Mor Boutique's Northern Lights Candle

Mor Boutique Northern Lights Candle is a limited edition offering from the brand. It’s a modern expression of sparkling waters. Anchored by sweet Sandalwood, refreshing Saltwater and radiant Iris shine through creating a perfume perfect for summer scented sanctuary. This candle comes in white glass with a gold metal lid and a snowflake charm along with tassels tied to the lid – Looks absolutely chic and beautiful on the table!

Last summer, I attended Christmas in July Event in London and tested some Scentered Aromatherapy Gifts. I really enjoyed their balms and candles – they smelt amazing and were treat to the senses. The Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Mini Tin contains five of the brand’s best-selling 100% natural balms – Sleep Well, De-Stress, Happy, Focus & Escape. The travel-friendly tin is perfect for transporting your Balms, helping you mindfully transition throughout your daily journey.  I want to be Happy is another gorgeous set that you may consider. The uplifting citrus and mint blend delivers an instant burst of positivity and is perfect when expressing moments of gratitude. 

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The Scottish Fine Soap Company | Ms Tantrum Blog

The Scottish Fine Soap Company does really nice fragrant soaps and they have a vast collection too. I discovered this brand this year and loved trying some of their soap range. This brand blends gorgeous ingredients with contemporary Scottish style to create bath and beauty collections that will make you look, feel and smell fantastic. They have a variety of gift sets available on their website or you can create your own little hamper with a selection of their products. I really like Vintage Cocktails and Original Recipes range.

Bosco del Merlo's Prosecco & Rose Wines

Wines make a safe gift as well and if this is something you’re considering, Bosco del Merlo‘s Prosecco & Rosè are high on my recommendation list. Rosé Sparkling Brut Bosco del Merlo is excellent throughout the meal to accompany the light dishes of Mediterranean cuisine and seafood dishes. Prosecco is perfect as an aperitif and conversation wine. It is excellent for all the dishes. Particularly suitable for seafood and to accompany lighter Mediterranean dishes.

Custom Hamper

I sometimes like to do custom hampers with some of the most unique and practical gifts. You may select gifts from various brands and make a custom hamper. Here are some of the ideas for hamper:

The Sanctuary Spa Rosey Hand Duo is beautifully fragranced with notes of White Lily & Damask Rose. This Hand Wash & Lotion Duo is the perfect pamper gift to give those hard-working hands some much needed TLC. This duo comes in a keepsake rose gold caddy.

Roger & Gallet Soaps are another great gift this Christmas. This Parisian Fragrance brand works with some of the best perfumers and they have an amazing range to choose from. You may give a selection of their fragrant soaps or just combine it with their other bath and body products. These gifts will bring joy to the gift recipient.

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Your Christmas Hamper will be incomplete without Lola’s Apothecary Products. The body massaging oils and whipped souffle are my top recommendations. The brand does these products in a variety of fragrances and I have my faves – Delicate Rose, Sweet Lullaby & Tranquil Isle to name a few! Lola’s Apothecary created a beautiful bespoke fragrance blend for Montage Hotels & Resorts with their California roots in mind, composed of the finest essential oils! The range is called Orange Blossom and is featured in an array of exquisite Spa Montage treatments.

Custom Hamper for Christmas - Skin Alchemists Candle, Heathcote & Ivory drawer liners, saint Iris Adriatica body salve

Saint Iris Adriatica’s Body Salve is another lovely treat to dd it to your Christmas hamper. This award-winning luxurious, resilience-building lotion absorbs easily to leave skin comfortably hydrated, strengthened and glowing.

Skin Alchemists Midnight Serenade Candle is another thoughtful gift that would make a lovely addition to your Christmas Hamper. This is a multi-purpose candle whose wax performs as an intensive skin treatment oil. The best night’s sleep in a candle. Soothe your mind and body with this serenade from a sweet floral garden – A therapeutic blend of mind relaxing and muscle soothing botanicals in a base of unrefined cocoa and shea butter, with a dash of maracuja oil which melts to the perfect temperature liquid for intensive skin treatment. Housed in a beautiful fine bone china vessel designed by Sue Pryke which can be upcycled.  

Heathcote & Ivory sells a variety of lovely and useful products. I shared one of their Gentleman bags in my Gifts for Him guide earlier. This brand has a selection of bath and body products available on their website. Scented Drawer Liners is one of their unique but practical gift for anyone who is into home decor and loves to keep their home in a tip-top condition.

Hope you like the ideas. Until next time, Ashh xo

*This post features gifted items. Opinions are my own and unbiased.


  1. Oh yes lots of inspiration here! High kind of gifts with nice packaging but won’t break the bank.

    Allie of

  2. That was informative, thanks for posting I really enjoyed reading it. I particularly like the idea of putting together a hamper as it is an interesting way to give a gift. Nice ideas in here.

  3. jenniferpickering22gmailcom

    7 December 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Someone got me a Corkcicle canteen last year and I love it!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  4. Gotta love this post!!! Getting into the Xmas season!!!

  5. These are such cool, chic, classic and of course practical gifts. I want them all for myself. LOL 😀
    The wine, hand wash and lotion, fragrant soaps, Corkcicle canteen bottle and candles…. these would be loved and used well by anyone. Thanks for some amazing gift ideas 🙂

  6. So many wonderful body product options and they look luxurious too. I love receiving natural soaps. They smell so good and are easy on the environment. Ahh wine! No one can go wrong with that.

  7. You know what? I want all of these to be gifted to me 😎😁 I think the best thing for me to do is to forward this to my husband 🤔 Thank you for a great list. I know I always struggle with this 🤗

  8. These are such lovely ideas! I’m struggling to decide what to get our mothers who have it all. I think i’ll do the candles.

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